Across the Creek Now Available for Download
Across the Creek is making its digital premiere through the Sundance Institute Artist Services program (, which provides Institute-supported artists with exclusive opportunities for creative self-distribution, marketing and financing solutions for their work. 

The Sundance Institute Artist Services program is supported by Cinereach, Kickstarter, national Endowment for the Arts, Vimeo, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and Arcus Foundation. For more information about Across the Creek, visit or

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Crying Earth Rise Up Screenings Available for Hosting Prior to NRC Hearings, Aug. 24-28
The Sisterhood Water Watch recently hosted a screening and discussion of Crying Earth Rise Up, in Crawford, Nebraska. The screening drew Native and non-Indian audience members, along with Owe Aku and representatives of Prairie Dust Films. Crawford is the location of the Cameco Uranium Mine, where there has been concern with the environmental impact the mine has had on the region.

Crawford is near to Pine Ridge and the White River flows from Crawford to the Reservation. Although many in the area have trusted Cameco for decades, recent educational campaigns by Owe Aku and Crying Earth Rise Up have sparked an interest in asking more questions about the mine's safety record and its ability to contaminate the water.

Over the past decade, Owe Aku has worked to create allies in northern Nebraska who are willing to stand up against the mine. As a result, a series of screenings of Crying Earth Rise Up were hosted by individuals in their own homes in towns like Crawford and Chadron. This built enthusiasm for the first of a few public showings arranged by the Sisterhood Water Watch in the town of Crawford. 

This screening is one of many outreach and education actions leading up to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission hearings Aug. 24-28, of which Owe Aku and Debra White Plume are lead plaintiffs. The hearing will be held in the Crawford Community Building and will address the renewal of Cameco's uranium mining permit. To host a screening of Crying Earth Rise Up in your tribal community, home or center, visit: "Host a Screening"

American Indian Tourism Conference Sept. 13-17
Vision Maker Media will be at the 17th annual American Indian Tourism Conference,
Sept. 13-17, at the Sky Ute Casino Resort in Ignacio, Colo.

The annual American Indian Tourism Conference (AITC) is the only national conference on tourism in Indian Country. AITC provides American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian tourism professionals a wonderful opportunity to educate themselves and each other on the latest information and trends in Native tourism. The conference brings together tribes, federal and state government agencies, academia, the private sector, and a number of domestic and international tour operators to share, teach and learn from each other.

Workshop sessions provide resources and training to build capacity; networking opportunities encourage common strategies and offer the ability to respond with one voice to industry issues and regulations; mobile workshops showcase tribal destinations and the annual awards dinner recognizes excellence in our industry with tribal destination and Enough Good People awards. AITC also allows AIANTA the opportunity to highlight tribal tourism in the media.

Warrior Women to be Hubbard Lecture Feature Oct. 1
Thursday, October 1
Sheldon Museum of Art, Lincoln, Nebraska
5 p.m. Public Reception; 
6 p.m. Warrior Women Program
Q&A with filmmakers to follow

Free and open to the public, thanks to generous contributions from Anne M. Hubbard, M.D., the Claire M. Hubbard Foundation and the Cooper Foundation.

Warrior Women is the untold story of  mothers and daughters fighting for civil rights in the American Indian Movement of the 1970s. The film unveils not only a woman's perspective of history, but also examines the impact political struggles have on the children who bear witness. The third annual Hubbard Lecture is host to a special presentation providing a glimpse into the making of this powerful film from both behind and in front of the camera. The film features Lakota activist Madonna Thunder Hawk as she traces the untold history of women's activism in the Red Power Movement, and follows Thunder Hawk as she encounters the major players in events that changed the landscape of Indian Country forever.

Workshop Explores How Film Programming 
Can Complement Other Initiatives
Need to know how to present film and media programs effectively--to a variety of audiences? A workshop at the International Conference of Indigenous Archives, Libraries, and Museums in Washington, D.C., Sept. 9-15, is the place to find out. 

Date: Sept. 11, 2-3:15 p.m.

Explore the nitty-gritty of presenting film and media programs effectively, both for Native American community-based audiences and others, and get answers to the question, "How might film programming complement other initiatives?"

Focus is both on the how-to requirements (booking, working with media distributors and Native media makers, technical issues, promotion, scheduling) and broader issues.

Presenters include:
  • John Haworth, Sr. Executive, National Museum of the American Indian (New York)
  • Elizabeth Weatherford, Head, Film & Media Center NMAI, National Museum of the American Indian (New York)
  • Andrea Hanley, Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (Santa Fe, New Mexico)
  • Shirley Sneve, Vision Maker Media (Lincoln, Nebraska)

PBS Appeals to Indie Filmmakers with 
Bigger Marketing Budget, Multiplatform Strategy
PBS programming executive Mary Nelson recently shared details of the organization's new strategy to triple the budget for social media marketing of its independent film series and to support acquisition of films for multiplatform distribution. 
In a meeting of public TV officials and independent filmmakers, Nelson unveiled plans to follow through on the agreement that PBS worked out following its months-long "listening tour" on the scheduling and visibility of its series POV and Independent Lens. The International Documentary Association produced the event as a follow-up to the tour. 

Vision Maker Media Receives Major Funding from the
Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB)


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